Tourist Attractions Temporarily Shut Due To Covid-19
Update February 2021: WE ARE OPEN! Book your jet boat ride here.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced the Queensland Government to impose social distancing and restrict unnecessary mass gatherings. As a result, many tourist attractions have temporarily closed, including the Gold Coast theme parks, beaches, and activities.
Just before the Easter week, DreamWorld, Sea World, WhiteWater World, Warner Bros. Movie World, and Wet n’ Wild Gold Coast temporarily stopped operations amid the increasing number of COVID-19 cases on the Gold Coast. TopGolf and Paradise Country have also closed their doors to the public for the time being.
Village Roadshow Theme Parks, the company that manages the popular theme parks and several cinemas, have confirmed the temporary closure and released a statement saying, “At Village Roadshow Theme Parks our number one priority has been and will always be the health and safety of our guests and team members. This is an extremely challenging time, and this is not a decision which was made lightly.”
Major Gold Coast Beaches
Not long after the closure of these tourist attractions, the Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate announced the closure of major beaches such as the Coolangatta beach, Surfers Paradise, and the Spit.The declaration was made after visitors flocked the beaches the weekend prior and without following the social distancing rules.
The Mayor said, “Unfortunately, over the weekend, out-of-towners are descending on the Gold Coast in mass numbers and I fear that this number will increase over the Easter weekend. Therefore, as of midnight on Tuesday (7th), The Spit, Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta beaches will be closed [to everyone],”
Meanwhile, other Gold Coast beaches remained open but only to local residents. According to Mayor Tate, this decision was made to serve the locals who want to continue walking and exercising. However, these beaches have been heavily patrolled since Easter weekend. Owners of holiday properties on the Gold Coast are also urged to stay at their principal residence.
Other businesses and government offices
Aside from the tourist attractions, all other businesses on the Gold Coast have closed due to the social restrictions implemented by the national government. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this greater social distancing measure after a meeting with the leaders of states and territories, as well as the Chief Ministers.
As a result, cinemas, casinos, gyms, hotels, clubs, pubs, night clubs, and indoor sporting venues have all closed in compliance with the government’s directives. Primes Minister Morrison said, “We will be living with this virus for at least six months, so social distancing measures to slow this virus down must be sustainable for at least that long to protect Australian lives, allow Australia to keep functioning and keep Australians in jobs. We need every Australian to do their bit to save the lives of other Australians.”
Just like all activity providers on the Gold Coast, JetBoat Extreme has temporarily shut down operations to help flatten the curve and reduce the victims of the deadly coronavirus pandemic that’s spreading. Once everything’s back to normal again, you can trust JetBoat Extreme to reopen and ready to serve Gold Coast residents.
Once the business is back, we expect a great number of bookings coming in. That’s why we urge you to buy a ticket or gift voucher now and claim later to avoid the possible long queue. If you currently hold a JetBoat Extreme ticket, we also advise you to rebook to a later date instead of asking for a refund. Tickets may be a bit harder to purchase when the Gold Coast is full of tourists once more, so it will be wise to hold on to yours.
JetBoat Extreme offers different packages including the following:
Ultimate JetBoat Ride – A 55-minute ride that offers an exhilarating way to check-out the stunning Surfers Paradise with one of JetBoat Extreme’s 5-star jetboats powered by 650hp twin jet power turbo engines. The family ticket price is $175 (2 Adults and 2 Children).
Jetboat + Helitour – See the Gold Coast on the waters and from above. This package will give you a 55-minute jetboat ride, plus a scenic helicopter flight that takes off from Marina Mirage Heliport. For just $168 for adults and $136 for children, you’ll get marvelous panoramic views of the Broadbeach, Sea World, Main Beach, South Stradbroke Island, and Surfers Paradise.
Jetboat + Lunch – After an exhilarating jetboat ride, find yourself eating a sumptuous lunch at a poolside restaurant called Driftwood Social. The adult price is $78 while child price is $62.
Jetboat + Surf Lesson – For $139 (adult) and $112 (child), you’ll learn surfing for 2 hours from a surfing pro. After the lesson, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your newly acquired skills right away on the waters.